Saturday Aug 08 2009
Lakeside LL in San Bernardino - day three
By: Special to The Press Tribune
Manager Bill Rockefeller shares his impressions of the trip to Western Region
The Major division all-stars from Lakeside Little League left Wednesday for the Western Regional tournament in San Bernardino. While the players and coaches tackle the challenge of trying to earn a spot in the Little League World Series, the team’s manager, Bill Rockefeller, has consented to share his impressions of the experience with a daily log. Here is the third of those chronicles from the barracks at Al Houghton Stadium, where Lakeside won its first two games Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The team is off on Sunday before facing Utah Monday at 4:30 p.m. Check back for daily updates in addition to game stories and highlights here at rosevillept.com. From Bill Rockefeller, Lakeside manager Saturday, Aug. 8: The boys were a little tired after their late game last night. We decided to let them sleep until 8:15 a.m. When they woke we had breakfast at the cafeteria. After that it has been full on go. We went straight to batting practice where we had Zach Hall's brother, Josh (heading into his senior season at Granite Bay High) and Nick Frank's brother Cody (a member of the 2003 Lakeside team that made it to San Bernardino) that are both teenagers throw batting practice. They have been instrumental along with Brett Munkdale's brother Sean for us coaches to give our arms a rest now and then. After hitting, we went straight to the barracks where Cody Frank shared his experience with the boys in the barracks in 2003. We went to eat a small lunch at 11:00 a.m. then straight to the barracks, into uniform and on the field by 11:30 a.m. We went straight to work, scoring two runs in the first inning. After that Nick Frank was dealing, serving up ground ball after ground ball. Our defense was excellent. The game ended 4-1 with Frank throwing a complete game. Nick Frank and I then sat with the press for about 1/2 hour. The boys then enjoyed some swimming and pin trading time. Lakeside fans had a tailgate barbecue for the team at 5:00 p.m. and it is probably still going on. The team and I retired to the barracks at around 9:30 p.m. very tired and looking for a well-deserved night's sleep. The most impressive thing to me is the overwhelming support from the parents and residents of Granite Bay and Loomis. It has truly been incredible to see so many people make the trip down to support these kids. A big thanks to all. GO LAKESIDE!!